About Matt Spahn

Matt Spahn is a young litigation attorney with a competitive spirit.  Growing up with two successful lawyer-parents, he understood early the connection between hard work and achievement.  Matt graduated from Kansas State University with an accounting degree, but found himself drawn to the legal field after taking a pre-law class in college. He attended the Washburn University School of Law and served as the Managing Editor of the Washburn Law Journal. Matt clerked for Martin Pringle for two summers, and following graduation, he joined the firm in 2013 as an associate attorney. Matt is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, DRI, the KSU Alumni Association and the Young Professionals of Wichita. He practices in civil and commercial litigation, including products liability lawemployment law, medical malpractice defense, and insurance defense law.


Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Kansas State University, B.B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2015)
  • Kansas, 2013

Notable Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for two surgeons in a medical malpractice action brought by a plaintiff claiming over $3 million in damages.
  • Obtained summary judgement for oil company in coverage dispute with its insurance company.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against an insurer in a breach of contract claim where the plaintiff alleged that the insurer failed to give adequate notice that it was cancelling the plaintiff’s insurance policy.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against a physician in a medical malpractice action brought by a plaintiff claiming over $2.5 million in damages.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against an event promotor in a negligence action where the plaintiff alleged that the event promoter failed to provide adequate security and lighting. 
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against a manufacturer in a products liability action brought by a plaintiff in Cook County, Illinois, where the plaintiff alleged that the manufacturer’s component made in Kansas and incorporated into a machine in Illinois injured the plaintiff.
  • Successfully defended an admitted liability auto accident case filed against a local business and its employees.  At trial, the jury found that the business and its employees were not liable for any of the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful discharge claims brought by ex-employee of local manufacturer.
  • Represented student in breach of privacy lawsuit filed against a university.  The university settled the case before trial.
  • Represented a municipality in a dispute with multiple defendants involving the defendants’ overhaul of the municipality’s engine powering the municipal power generation facility.  The defendants settled with the municipality before trial.
  • Successfully defended local business owner accused of vehicular manslaughter resulting from an ATV accident, obtaining a not-guilty verdict at trial.
  • Represented manufacturer in a charge filed by an ex-employee with the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Represented a business co-owner on appeal following the trial court’s award of the company to the co-owner.  The trial court’s determination was affirmed by the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI, Member
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations, Member

Civic / Social Involvement

  • Young Professionals of Wichita, Member
  • Kansas State University Alumni Association, Member
  • The Wichita Catbackers Club, Member

Awards And Recognition

Kansas Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2017, 2018

Published Articles/Presentations

Martin Pringle Website. 2018. "Kansas Court of Appeals Confirms Inapplicability of Kansas Consumer Protection Act Claims Against Regulated Banks" News. https://www.martinpringle.com/news/view/ks-court-of-appeals-confirms-inapplicability-of-kcpa-claims-against-regulat.

"Ex Parte Interview with Treating Physicians: A Promising Update," Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Journal (Fall 2017).

"Actions Speak Louder than Words: The Kansas Supreme Court Finds FedEx Drivers are Employees Not Independent Contractors," view PDF

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